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29 March 2011, 16:59
Stay on your mettle against lead thieves if you are planning building work this spring.
That is the advice from Bedfordshire Police who say thieves will not hesitate to take advantage of ladders, or any other potential climbing aids, left lying around.
Chief Insp Neill Waring said the price of scrap lead is still high and reminded do-it-yourself enthusiasts and traders to ensure equipment is stored at night and access to any scaffolding is properly restricted.
Ways to protect lead include:
Chief Insp Waring said: “Spring is one of those times often earmarked for building work involving the use of ladders, scaffolding and other equipment.
“Most project managers and builders are extremely security minded but with the price of lead so high we would just like to remind everyone, including the DIY enthusiast, about the importance of removing at night, or protecting, anything that could be used as a climbing aid.
“Double-check all materials and tools are securely put away after work, rather than left on site or in the back of a van, and that tools are security marked with a product like SmartWater. Today all prisoners who come into our custody suites are routinely scanned to establish whether they have come into contact with it.
“Bedfordshire Police are doing all they can to deter lead theft and residents can help by keeping an eye on building sites and contacting us if they see anything suspicious.”
For further information and crime prevention advice, contact Bedfordshire Police Crime Reduction Officers on 01234 841212 or email email@example.com. For information about theft contact police, in confidence on 01234 841212, text to 07786 200011 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111